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The Bazaars of Istanbul

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“A remarkable job of capturing the allure, and the lore, of a place where shopping and people-watching can be taken to their kaleidoscopic extreme…. Will instantly evoke multi-sensory memories for those who have been lucky enough to visit Istanbul’s bazaar quarter, while inspiring trip planning for those who have not yet experienced is inimitable pleasures.”

— Passport Magazine

“The extensive text combined with the vivid photography is so thorough it’s the next best thing to visiting a Turkish bazaar in person!”

— Midwest Book Review

Beadwork: A World Guide

978-0-500-28801-6

“A colorful introduction to the diverse world of beadwork.”

— Bookmarks Magazine

“This comprehensive book takes a worldview, offering a dizzying display of everything from Ukrainian Easter eggs to Sioux dolls…in addition to its 600 illustrations, the book provides a wealth of information on the history and evolution of beads…incorporating a good deal of illuminating cultural history.”

— Creators.com

“This comprehensive book takes worldview, offering a dizzying display of everything from Ukrainian Easter eggs to Sioux dolls…. In addition to its 600 illustrations, the book provides a wealth of information on the history and evolution of beads…. Incorporating a good deal of illuminating cultural history.”

— Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Beaton in Vogue

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“A love letter to Beaton summarizing his years at Vogue, overflowing with illustrations.”

— Library Journal

“By its physicality, this is a book meant to adorn a coffee table but it is so much more than a pretty face. Beaton in Vogue is a beautifully executed look at the life and work of a multi-talented artist.”

— Portland Book Review

“…a perfect book for the uninitiated or those of us who need to be reminded of the photographic genius that was Cecil Beaton.”

— New York Journal of Books

“Generously illustrated with excellent reproductions.”

— The Photo Review

“And, of course, Beaton’s drawings throughout have great charm.”

— The Passionate Reader

The Bee Who Spoke: The Wonderful World of Belle and the Bee

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“Gibbon's retro illustrations are full of 1960s cheer…Fetching images.”

— Publishers Weekly

“A unique story that teaches readers to appreciate the natural world around them.”

— Smart Books for Smart Kids

“The text, tone, illustrations and a song by woodland creatures are all reminiscent of Golden Books. However, one of [the] strongest messages is all 21st-century: Human beings need bee pollination for many of their favorite foods…This book's likable French protagonist makes its environmentalist message go down easy.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will delight in the beauty of the story, inspiring children between… to look beyond what they see at first glance and to appreciate the world around them.”

— New York Journal of Books

“A charming story.”

— Midwest Book Review

“When Belle, a scrappy, inquisitive, and oh so chic Parisian tween—(love the striped pullover and the perky red neckerchief, illustrated by a contributor to The New Yorker and Vogue), is transported to a place that transforms her, all bets are off.”

— Centerforfiction.org

The Big Adventure of a Little Line

978-0-500-65058-5

“The idea of an interactive line is not a new concept in children’s literature, but the line as a metaphor for how artistic talent manifests throughout life and what that means to the artist is an interesting take on the concept. The lively ink drawings are skillful and humorous. Artists and designers may want to add this one to their personal collections.”

— School Library Journal

Big Art / Small Art

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“Maintaining a sense of winder and a wide aesthetic, this survey reveals a meaningful exploration of art ranging from monumental to tiny.”

— Public Art Review

“A coffee table book full of work that uses scale, large and small, as an essential element…Unexpected [and] eye-popping.”

— Unshelved by Ambaum & Barnes

“Showcases a rich variety of intentions and approaches to scale, encompassing a wide-ranging aesthetic—from the natural to the synthetic, and from the hyperreal to the otherworldly. Stunning stuff!”

— Lurzer's International Archive

“Big Art/Small Art is more than just a catalog of large and small works of art: it’s a statement about the value of perspective.”

— Modern in Denver

“Mining the artistic potential of scale in art, Big Art/Small Art is comprehensive, offering intelligent, in-depth critical essays and artists' biographies. Ideal for art students. General readers interested in contemporary art will find [this book] colorful and accessible.”

— Library Journal

The Big Book of Beasts

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“[Yuval] Zommer follows The Big Book of Bugs with a book that focuses on wild mammals. Questions introduce each spread, which discuss specific mammals and more general topics, such as animal footprints, endangered creatures, and animals in urban habitats. Zommer illustrates with playful detail in scenes that have a folk-art flair.”

— Publishers Weekly

“An overview of some of the more popular creatures… The illustrations are vibrant and whimsical, and the animals’ facial expressions are bound to elicit laughs.”

— School Library Journal

The Big Book of Bugs

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“This giant, splendidly illustrated book of bugs will have children reaching for a magnifying glass instead of that fly swatter. Bugs have never looked better than in Zommer's colorful, often comical little portraits and glorious natural backdrops, from gardens to ponds. Each artfully composed, oversized spread teems with life and mini-bug dramas, and the brief text is fun and accessible. By the end, two-legged whippersnappers will be convinced that bugs are not only intriguing and marvelous, but useful and deserving of respect.”

— Shelf Awareness

“An eye-catching and engaging introduction to bugs… . Individual bug groups (ants, dragonflies, bees, praying mantis, etc.) are shown on beautifully illustrated double-paged spreads buzzing with activity and awash with watercolor hues. Zommer’s detailed illustrations and seek-and-find feature will keep young readers enrapt, as they absorb entomological basics from the approachable, factoid-rich text.”

— Booklist

“A handsome introduction to tiny, oft-overlooked creatures… Seek-and-find prompts invite eagle-eyed readers to identify bugs either by appearance or behavior. Most spreads are devoted to specific creatures; later pages explore how bugs grow, where they can be found, and some of the ecological roles they play.”

— Publishers Weekly

“An interactive book that will engage and entertain readers while they learn a few basic bug facts… Whimsically illustrated bugs with big eyes crawl, fly, dig, and swoop across the pages in great detail.”

— School Library Journal

A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney

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“An erudite writer and a wonderful artist in a book that feels like eavesdropping. It could be a literary painting.”

— Washington Independent Book Review

“…Hockney offers insights into the art of painting, be it on touchscreen or canvas. The book is a walk up to “A Bigger Picture,” the major Hockney show at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.”

— Business Week

“…Hockney offers insights into the art of painting, be it on touchscreen or canvas. The book is a walk up to “A Bigger Picture,” the major Hockney show at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.”

— Bloomberg

“Sumptuously illustrated, this radiant volume encapsulates what it truly means to be a visual artist.”

— Booklist

“Hockney’s comments about drawing and about looking are very useful, not just in understanding his work and career, but also in general.”

— Choice

“In this charming book… the author conveys an awe for the intellect and drive of an artist.”

— ARTnews

A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney

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“[A Bigger Message] has an energy and vividness that can only be called cinematic”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“[A Bigger Message] has an energy and vividness that can only be called cinematic”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“Five new chapters have been added to this volume, originally published in 2011. ‘The world’s most popular living painter’ discusses his life and art with art critic Martin Gayford.”

— Library Journal

“A substantially expanded edition of Gayford’s intriguing hybrid Q&A, art criticism and memoir. A Bigger Message enriches our own understanding not only of England’s most famous living painter but of the bigger picture, as well.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

Bill Viola

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“Brings to life the compelling and enigmatic video works of Bill Viola [and] will appeal to students of film and video who have experienced his art firsthand.”

— Library Journal

Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home

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“Replicates the papers’ hues and texture, with meticulous color-matching and heavyweight stock, interspersing color-themed sections with booklets that relate the history and uses of the poison.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“Fascinating… Perhaps the ultimate answer as to why arsenic-laced wallpaper continued to proliferate the market for so long lies in their undeniable aesthetic appeal. Dangerously beautiful yes, but with an allure that stands the test of time—and should serve as an enduring warning for all.”

— Vogue.com

“Tells the story of the extensive use of arsenic in the 19th century [and] includes pictures of objects and artworks made from substances that incorporated arsenic, and advertisements for arsenic-filled products for Victorian women, such as soap with a doctor’s certificate to ensure its harmlessness.”

— The Atlantic.com

“An unnerving account of an unexpected killer in the elaborately decorated homes of Victorian England: arsenic-laced wallpaper…The book’s gorgeous wallpaper facsimiles give no hint of their toxicity; they beautifully evoke Victorian style with their ornate patterns and rich, vivid colors, illustrating why these papers, and specifically their green shades, were so popular.”

— Publishers Weekly

The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art

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“Truly an artifact that offers an intimate tableside experience to witness the lives, dreams, conversations and meals of one of our most influential artistic and intellectual communities.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Seamlessly weaves together history, recipes, hand-written notes, and liberal quotes from the characters involved for a unique literary and culinary feast.”

— Saveur

“Just when you think everything has been written about the Bloomsbury Group …The Bloomsbury Cookbook offers a fascinating culinary perspective. Much more than a cookbook…A social and cultural history liberally spiced with gossip, allowing us to “taste” the heady lives of the Bloomsbury Group.”

— El Paso Times

“A revelatory collection of art, history, photography and literary memoir of the Bloomsbury Group, as seen through recipes culled from the culinary archives and personal cookbooks of its members.”

— Shelf Awareness

“A well-written and well-researched work that uses food to reintroduce readers to a fascinating group. Public libraries should consider.”

— Library Journal

“Fascinating.”

— Midwest Book Review

“Through painstaking research, Rolls has pieced together a gastronomical history of the Bloomsbury group, providing an intimate peek into the past and revealing a new facet of the group’s friendship…Rolls offers readers a chance to experience the Bloomsbury group like never before.”

— Victorian Homes

“Plumbs an inarguably rich archive of food references and recipes among Woolf’s circle… Ondaatje Rolls’s whimsical sensibility, good humor, and excellent storytelling skills are distinguishing features of the entire work.”

— Woolf Studies Annual

Body Art

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“Reveals the historical origins of many designs you might see while walking around the giant body art gallery that is the contemporary western city.”

— Fast Co.Design

The Body in Contemporary Art

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“Makes the human body an effective lens through which to view the myriad strands of postmodern art since it settled into pluralism in the 1900s…. A valuable readable reference.”

— The Magazine (Santa Fe's Monthly)

Bog Bodies Uncovered: Solving Europe's Ancient Mystery

978-0-500-05182-5

“A real-life forensic thriller revealing the secrets of ancient and modern bodies preserved in bogs—some for nearly 3,000 years…Aldhouse-Green relies on her archaeological expertise and knowledge of Celtic myths, along with accounts of ancient authors on barbarian rituals, to ponder 'the million-dollar question: whether human sacrifice was behind some or all of the Iron- and Roman-period bog deaths.' An intriguing window into the past.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Like an Iron Age CSI detective, archaeologist Aldhouse-Green investigates the grisly deaths of men, women and children discovered millennia later in the peat bogs of Northern Europe.”

— Discover

“This work excels in drawing the reader into the story…An exquisite example of writing and investigation [that] contributes a wealth of information and a scientific approach to presentation of data and discussion, and offers an updated and in-depth treatise on the growing body of knowledge on preserved human remains recovered from the peat bogs of northern Europe.”

— Library Journal

“Celtic specialist Aldhouse-Green reviews the discoveries of well-preserved human bodies in the wetlands of the British Isles and northern Europe. She concentrates on the forensic evidence, which allows scholars to give some meaning to these curious examples of isolated, violent death and seemingly impromptu burial in swamps. Well illustrated, this volume will attract wide readership. Highly recommended.”

— Choice

Bollywood Posters

978-0-500-28776-7

“From the early 20th century to the present day, this large-scale, brightly colored, coffee table book features the very best (and also the very cheesiest) advertisements for the hottest movie releases and stand-alone Hindi classics.  It’s the perfect addition to any book-lover’s or movie buff’s collection.”

— Zink

“The oversized presentation and lavish, full-page posters in full color make for a fine and highly recommended survey of an industry little covered outside of India.”

— Midwest Book Review

The Book of Books: 500 Years of Graphic Innovation

978-0-500-51591-4

“A useful and …inspiring survey.”

— The Virginia Quarterly Review

“The reproductions are magnificent and the overall quality is superb. Anyone who works in graphic design will feel humbled and inspired by the creativity and uniqueness of the examples, most of which were published before computers.”

— Portland Book Review